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Xingzhang Tong

Doctor of Philosophy, (Molecular Biology)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Transcriptional regulation of appressorium formation and function in Glomerella Cingulata.

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Mr Tong studied the molecular mechanism involved when a fungal pathogen (Glomeralla cingulata) invades apple fruits and causes disease. A set of methods was established to investigate the function of individual genes in this pathogen and the interaction between the pathogen and the plant. Mr Tong cloned a gene from the fungus and established that this gene plays a key role in fungal development and invasion of the plant host. His research has greatly increased our understanding of fungal molecular biology and fungal pathogenicity

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